ADHD and Car Accidents

A recent study by Swedish researchers found that men with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) that were not on medication were more likely (30%) to be involved in a car wreck than those under ADHD medication. It is speculated that this is because adult men with ADHD are habitually distracted, and medication allows them to become more focused when they are behind the wheel.

This is a significant finding because ADHD is a common mental disorder, usually diagnosed in children but which can persist into adulthood. Many states have traffic laws that penalizes distracted driving, but that applies to drivers who voluntarily distract themselves by using their mobile phone, eating or grooming. It is hardly fair to drivers with ADHD who cannot control how their brain works. If the study findings are correct, ADHD sufferers may well be able to drive in safety if they keep on their medication.

Unfortunately, there is no medication to prevent reckless or negligent driving behavior. According to the Sampson Law Firm in the Louisville, KY area in an article on their website, victims of car accidents are often left with life-changing injuries and in financial straits because of enormous medical bills. What makes it worse is when the accident is caused because the driver was texting or had spilled a drink. It can be difficult to know that but for that instant of inattention, none of the resulting pain and suffering would have occurred.

Tort law does not require that there is an intention to do harm; the failure to act responsibly is usually enough to warrant at least civil sanctions. If you have been injured in a car accident caused by a distracted driver who does not suffer from ADHD, you may be able to get compensation for the financial, physical, and emotional stress you suffered. Consult with a personal injury lawyer to discuss your legal options.

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